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    @Schwaibold

    Sounds like Hamas. Come to think of it, there are probably a lot of similarities between the ‘State of Palestine’ and the ‘State of Turkistan’. I wonder how the typical Turkish supporter of a Palestinian state feels about a potential Turkistanian state.

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    @Claire

    Do you mean Kurdistan?

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    @StuartCreque

    Claire, is it possible to say with certainty that this was a PKK attack and not an Islamicist one?

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    @Britanicus

    Stay safe, Claire! Best of luck avoiding all this.

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    @Schwaibold
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.

    They’re monsters. A woman of about my age lost her leg.

    As Judith will confirm, it’s the evil of it that gets to you–odds are higher you’ll be killed in a car crash, of course, but it is somehow easier to accept that: It’s an accident. The idea that someone would put a bomb in a bus stop with the express goal of destroying civilians like me–it’s sickening in a completely different dimension. · May 26 at 12:08p

    Again, sounds like Hamas. Hamas are also monsters. Any person or group who affiliates themselves with Hamas (or votes for them) would also be an evil monster in my book.

    Is Turkey working to get Iraq, Iran, and Syria to chip in a little bit of land and formally recognize Kurdistan? There are more Kurds than Palestinians. The Kurdish culture is older and more distinct than Palestinian culture. The parallels between Turkey’s occupation of Kurdistan and Israel’s occupation of Palestine are striking, wouldn’t you say?

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    @StuartCreque
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.

    As Judith will confirm, it’s the evil of it that gets to you–odds are higher you’ll be killed in a car crash, of course, but it is somehow easier to accept that: It’s an accident. The idea that someone would put a bomb in a bus stop with the express goal of destroying civilians like me–it’s sickening in a completely different dimension. · May 26 at 12:08pm

    I happened to be in New York City on 9/11/2001. At 8:45 AM, I was on a shuttle that entered the Midtown Tunnel on its way to LaGuardia. As we emerged, we saw the first tower burning but didn’t find out what happened until we got to the airport. I took a train back to Manhattan on 9/12 and saw the column of smoke from Ground Zero. I spent that night in midtown Manhattan and saw particles of ash floating by.

    But the most wrenching thing was coming back weeks and months later and seeing a bus stop still covered in “Have You Seen This Person” posters, or crayon drawings by fire stations from Midwestern schoolchildren.

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    @Claire
    Stuart Creque: Claire, is it possible to say with certainty that this was a PKK attack and not an Islamicist one? · May 26 at 10:10am

    Not with certainty, not before a complete forensic examination, but having lived with these kinds of attacks for five years now, I’d say it’s pretty much signature–target, police station; medium-sized bomb (Islamists like mega-bombs); during the height of a stated, stepped up pre-election terrorism campaign–I’d be astonished if they fail to claim responsibility in the next few days.

    They’re monsters. A woman of about my age lost her leg. She went out shopping this morning at a mall I go to all the time, and now she doesn’t have a leg.

    As Judith will confirm, it’s the evil of it that gets to you–odds are higher you’ll be killed in a car crash, of course, but it is somehow easier to accept that: It’s an accident. The idea that someone would put a bomb in a bus stop with the express goal of destroying civilians like me–it’s sickening in a completely different dimension.

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    @Schwaibold
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.: Do you mean Kurdistan? · May 26 at 5:26am

    Yes, sorry, meant Kurdistan. Do you know anyone there in Turkey who support Hamas’ tactics against Israel? What about Palestinians right to self-determination in general?

    How would they say Palestinians who want their own state differ from Kurds who want their own state? How does Hamas differ from PKK?

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